[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 191 (Wednesday, October 1, 2008)]
[Pages 57095-57096]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-23148]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0707; FRL-8723-5]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Data Reporting Requirements for State and Local 
Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs; EPA ICR No. 
1613.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0252

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to 
submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection 
Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is 
scheduled to expire on February 28, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to 
OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific 
aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 1, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2008-0707, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA West (Air 
Docket), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room: B108; Mail Code: 6102T, 
Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (Air Docket), U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room: 
B108; Mail Code: 6102T, Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only 
accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special 
arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2008-0707. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be 
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you 
consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without 
going through http://www.regulations.gov your e-mail address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you 
submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name 
and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any 
disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to 
technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA 
may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid 
the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of 
any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public 
docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Sosnowski, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, 
Transportation and Regional Programs Division, 2000 Traverwood, Ann 
Arbor, Michigan 48105; telephone number: 734-214-4823; fax number: 734-
214-4052; e-mail address: [email protected].


How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments?

    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0707, which is available for online viewing at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air Docket in 
the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is open from 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal 
holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202-566-1744, 
and the telephone number for the Air Docket is 202-566-1742.
    Use http://www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft 
collection of information, submit or view public comments, access the 
index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those 
documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once 
in the system, select ``search,'' then key in the docket ID number 
identified in this document.

What Information Is EPA Particularly Interested In?

    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically 
solicits comments and information to enable it to:
    (i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden 
of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of 
the methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and
    (iv) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from 
very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of 
specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork 
burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.

What Should I Consider When I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your 
    1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific 
    2. Describe any assumptions that you used.

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    3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used 
that support your views.
    4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you 
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
    5. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.
    6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified 
under DATES.
    7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket 
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page 
of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal 
Register citation.

What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does This Apply to?

    Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0707.
    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are 
the state government agencies or departments responsible for oversight 
and operation of the I/M programs (SIC91). Thirty-three states 
plus the District of Columbia will be affected by I/M program 
    Title: Data Reporting Requirements for State and Local Vehicle 
Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs.
    ICR number: EPA ICR No. 1613.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0252.
    ICR status: This ICR is scheduled to expire February 28, 2009. An 
Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to 
respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations 
in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when 
approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed either by 
publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such 
as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The 
display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is 
consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: To provide general oversight and support to state and 
local I/M programs, the Transportation and Regional Programs Division 
(TRPD), Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Air and 
Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, requires that state or 
local program management for both basic and enhanced I/M programs 
collect two varieties of reports to EPA. The first reporting 
requirement is the submittal of an annual report providing general 
program operating data and summary statistics, addressing the program's 
current design and coverage, a summary of testing data, enforcement 
program efforts, quality assurance and quality control efforts, and 
other miscellaneous information allowing for an assessment of the 
program's relative effectiveness; the second is a biennial report on 
any changes to the program over the two-year period and the impact of 
such changes, including any weaknesses discovered and corrections made 
or planned.
    General program effectiveness is determined by the degree to which 
a program misses, meets, or exceeds the emission reductions committed 
to in the state's approved SIP, which, in turn, must meet or exceed the 
minimum emission reductions expected from the relevant performance 
standard, as promulgated under EPA's revisions to 40 CFR, Part 51, in 
response to requirements established in section 182 of the Clean Air 
Act Amendments of 1990 (Act). This information will be used by EPA to 
determine a program's progress toward meeting requirements under 40 
CFR, Part 51, as well as to assess national trends in the area of basic 
and enhanced I/M programs and to provide background information in 
support of periodic site visits and evaluations.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 85 
hours per response. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial 
resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or 
disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This 
includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, 
install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of 
collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and 
maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; 
adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable 
instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train 
personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search 
data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and 
transmit or otherwise disclose the information.
    The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, 
which is only briefly summarized here:
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 34.
    Frequency of response: Annual and Biennial.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 1.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 85 hours.
    Estimated total annual costs: $4,478.

Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval?

    There is no change in the total estimated respondent burden 
compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB.

What Is the Next Step in the Process for This ICR?

    EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as 
appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for 
review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will 
issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 
1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the 
opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any 
questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Dated: September 25, 2008.
Sarah Dunham,
Acting Division Director, Transportation and Regional Programs 
Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
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